Pain Management Injections
Pain Management Injections are designed to provide relief for patients suffering from joint or back pain.
Image-guided technology allows radiologists to precisely place a small needle and deliver a local anesthetic and steroid to the source of pain. It may take up to a week before the medication takes effect and some patients may be scheduled for a series of injections.
These procedures are performed by subspecialized radiologists who have extensive training and expertise in injections and medical imaging.
What to Expect
When you arrive, you will be asked some questions about your health history and may be asked to change into a gown.
A special screening process ensures the appropriate procedure will be performed. You will be asked you to lie down and positioned according to the procedure you are having. The radiologist will create a sterile field and numb your skin and deep tissue with local anesthetic. After that you shouldn’t feel much more than localized pressure.
Using live x-ray for guidance, the radiologist will advance a thin needle to the appropriate location, use a minimal amount of contrast to confirm location, and then administer the appropriate medication.
These procedure generally take between 10 and 40 minutes.